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« Reply #2475 on: Oct 21st, 2017, 8:53pm »

I remember like it was yesterday. I had the observatory type 8 SCT on the 2nd story balcony observing Halleys comet . It was bright green and took up the entire field of view (fov).That was way back in the day...whoa...flashback !

This morning at 5 :38 I'm standing on my porch. A bright meteor streaks by followed by another at 5:40. Remnants of Halley's comet entering Earths atmosphere many years later......

Enjoy the Orionid meteor shower !!!



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on Oct 21st, 2017, 8:53pm, Cliff-67 wrote:
I remember like it was yesterday. I had the observatory type 8 SCT on the 2nd story balcony observing Halleys comet . It was bright green and took up the entire field of view (fov).That was way back in the day...whoa...flashback !

This morning at 5 :38 I'm standing on my porch. A bright meteor streaks by followed by another at 5:40. Remnants of Halley's comet entering Earths atmosphere many years later......

Enjoy the Orionid meteor shower !!!

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« Reply #2477 on: Oct 22nd, 2017, 07:45am »

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UFO appears to render Pennsylvania witness and dog motionless

10/20/2017
by Roger Marsh

​A Pennsylvania witness at Cheltenham, Montgomery County, PA, reported encountering a hovering orb that appeared to render both the witness and a dog motionless, according to testimony in Case 81435 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

The witness was outside walking a “large, super high energy” Chesapeake Bay Retriever about 6:30 p.m. on January 9, 2017, when the incident occurred.

“A few minutes into our walk, she just suddenly sat down and would not move,” the witness stated. “This is completely unlike her, and it was then that I realized she was looking up into the sky at something and as soon as I looked up, I was suddenly mesmerized by this glowing, stationary orb-like object that she was looking at as well.”

The witness had never seen anything like this object before.

“I have worked in aviation and with many airlines, and I know this object was not like anything that I have ever seen or experienced in my career or life up until tonight. I know this was a UFO. I can't explain it, but judging by the physical and emotionally overwhelming reaction that I felt during the sighting, I just ‘knew.’ After several minutes, my dog nudged me to go back inside, but I just couldn't.”

The witness then recalled having a phone.

​“I took some videos and pictures, and as soon as I began recording, I suddenly saw two other lights in the sky, both of which I believed may have been commercial airliners, in addition to the initial object. However, the original orb I saw, continued to hover in the same position, while the other two were following what looked like normal flight paths. Then suddenly one of the commercial planes made a strange maneuver that seemed very abrupt and maybe intentional, due to how awkward the angle was that the aircraft turned toward the object in question and seemed to have intentionally crossed into the area where the orb was that I had seen initially. It was at that moment that the orb started to slowly move ‘backwards’ as if it were a car that was in reverse, and disappeared into the clouds.”

The witness provided two photos and two short video clips. These were investigated by this FI and by MUFON photo expert Dave Segal.

Pennsylvania MUFON Field Investigator Nicholas Platco, Jr. investigated this case and closed it as an Unknown.

“Throughout this investigation the witness appeared to this FI as credible,” Platco wrote in his report. “Her story remained consistent and did not waver. This FI found 52 similar, bright, white spherical Unknown-UAV objects in the Pennsylvania CMS database. This FI investigated both photo and video evidence provided by the witness. The investigation of the photo and video evidence provided a wealth of information. The witness originally stated in the report that the event took place around 6:30 p.m. However, she later stated that she took her dog outside for a walk around 5:45 p.m. and returned home around 6:30 p.m. The still photo did show that there was still twilight in the west and northwestern part of the sky. Using the Starry Night program, this FI was able to recreate the sky seen by the witness at 5:45 p.m. Starry Night showed the same twilight in the western sky at 5:45 p.m. The photo also showed scattered altocumulus clouds at approximately 15,000 feet. One video was of particular interest to this FI. The video showed three objects. One object was the star Vega in the northwest part of the sky. The short video showed Vega disappearing behind moving clouds. The video also showed a plane taking off under the scattered cloud base. Jet engine noise could be heard in the video. Typical aircraft lights and strobe were seen in the video. A third object was visible in the video. This unknown object of interest appeared to be pulsing/blinking about once each second. A pulsing light appeared to be caused by a light associated with the object. The light did not appear to be that of a typical aircraft strobe. The object moved slowly under the cloud base for several minutes before suddenly moving upward into and above the clouds, not to be seen again by the witness. The witness stated that she had worked in the aviation field with several airlines and is very familiar with aircraft. The witness stated that the object she saw was unlike anything she had ever seen or experienced in her life. Because of the fact that the witness appeared to be credible to this FI and because of her experience and knowledge of aircraft, this FI is closing this case as an Unknown-UAV. This FI is still awaiting radar data from the FAA. The results of the FAA radar inquiry will be eventually added to this report.”

Cheltenham, Montgomery County, PA, has a population of 36,793.


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« Reply #2478 on: Oct 22nd, 2017, 6:59pm »

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Chinese propaganda faces stiff competition from celebrities

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October 22, 2017 at 00:00 JST

HONG KONG--When the propaganda film, "The Founding of an Army," hit theaters in China recently, the reaction wasn't quite what the ruling Communist Party might have hoped for.

Instead of inspiring an outpouring of nationalism and self-sacrifice for the state, it was roundly mocked for trying to lure a younger audience by casting teen idols as revolutionary party leaders.

Viewers more used to seeing the idols play love interests in light-hearted soap operas responded to the film by projecting "modern-day romantic narratives on the founding fathers of the nation," said Hung Huang, a well-known social commentator based in Beijing. "It was hilarious."

While China's resurgent Communist Party once pushed its policies on an unquestioning public, it now struggles to compete for attention with the country's booming entertainment industry and the celebrity culture it has spawned.

"Chinese people are increasingly ignoring party propaganda and are much more interested in movie stars, who represent a new lifestyle and more exciting aspirations," said Willy Lam, an expert on Chinese politics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

President Xi Jinping, who will cement his authority with his expected endorsement to a second five-year term at this week's national party congress, has placed a priority on stamping out too much Western influence in Chinese society in part so the party can dictate the values the youth should embrace.

Authorities have responded by taking aim at everything from gossip websites to soap opera story lines to celebrity salaries. Instead of selfish, rich stars, the state is promoting performers who are all about patriotism, purity and other values that support the party's legitimacy.

The results have at best been mixed and at worst ham-fisted and out of touch.

One problem is that the party's values often clash with what young Chinese want to watch, according to Hung. Among the more popular shows watched by Chinese youth are those that center on palace intrigue, martial arts fantasies, high school romances or single, independent women.

"While the government could once dictate to young people what they should value and how they should lead their lives, they find themselves completely without the tools to do that now," she said.

In the 1970s, the state was able to promote people seen as paragons of youthful devotion and selflessness, but Hung said that no longer works because young Chinese--like their counterparts in the West--now prefer to follow celebrity gossip and have the tools with which to do so.

Just this month, teen idol Lu Han, also known as China's Justin Bieber, announced he had a girlfriend, triggering a flood of shares, responses and 4 million "likes" within a few hours that briefly crashed the country's popular Weibo microblog service.

A recent commentary in The Global Times, a party newspaper with a nationalistic stance, railed against such celebrity worship, saying China had now surpassed the West in that regard.

"It's unfair that these stars accrue such glory, unimaginable to those who have made a decisive contribution to the country," the commentary said.

That was likely a reason the government-backed China Alliance of Radio, Film and Television moved last month to cap the pay of actors, whose salaries had hit historic highs as young Chinese and a burgeoning middle class increasingly spend on movie tickets and goods.

In another move earlier this year, authorities closed 60 popular celebrity gossip and social media accounts and called on internet giants such as Tencent and Baidu to "actively propagate core socialist values, and create an ever-healthier environment for the mainstream public opinion."

The tension between popular culture and state propaganda isn't new in China. In the 1980s, Deng Xiaoping's lieutenants railed against spiritual pollution. But it has gained new traction since Xi came to power in 2012 and officials began a wide-ranging crackdown on perceived societal ills from corruption to dissent to — now — entertainment.

"Xi Jinping has been advocating a revision to traditional, Confucian moral standards," Lam said. "The definition of what is vulgar or morally problematic has been inflated and expanded so that it has become all-encompassing."

Shows about the pursuit of great wealth and luxury that used to be tolerated under Xi's predecessor, aren't anymore.

The government has demanded that broadcasters "resist celebrity worship" and limit the air time dedicated to film and TV stars.

"The party does not want these entertainment programs to compete with news programs and 'morality shows,'" said Jian Xu, a Chinese media research fellow at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia.

One example of a state-approved show is "Touching China," which honors people who have "touched the nation with their tenacity, bravery and wisdom."

The government has also tried to shape some celebrities into party-sanctioned role models.

Thanks to their wholesome image and uplifting, patriotic lyrics, the TFboys, China's first home-grown boy band, have risen to fame because of "political opportunities" they've been given, Xu said. The band is pursued by adoring fans and has performed twice on the coveted Lunar New Year gala hosted by state broadcaster China Central Television; it has also been promoted by the Communist Youth League.

Stars deviating from the party's image of purity and moral acceptability, however, have been punished. In a high-profile drug crackdown in 2014, authorities publicly chastised a succession of celebrities caught using drugs, including Jackie Chan's son, Jaycee Chan, and singer Li Daimo, forcing them to apologize on state television.

Beijing may struggle to win over young Chinese, but it won't stop its carrot-and-stick approach to regulating the industry.

"The government's method of punishment and praise is very obvious: If you work with me, you will reap the benefits, if you don't, you won't. If you're a good boy, you get candy, if you don't, you won't," Xu said.

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« Reply #2479 on: Oct 22nd, 2017, 7:53pm »

Hollywood Ending: Big Studios Cutting Losses This Weekend, Pulling Flops From Theaters Earlier Than Usual

http://www.showbiz411.com/2017/10/21/hollywood-ending-big-studios-cutting-losses-this-weekend-pulling-flops-from-theaters-earlier-than-usual

It’s a bizarre season in Hollywood. Almost nothing is “working,” and the studios can’t afford to waste any more money hoping things will turn around. They’re pulling flops from theaters earlier than usual.

This weekend, for example, Warner Bros. is putting out a white flag on “Blade Runner” after three tough weeks. They’ve cut the number of theaters showing Denis Villeneuve’s beautiful film by 855. So far, “Blade Runner” has made just $66 million. Audiences have not clamored to it. And now, week by week, Warners will quietly take it away.


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Warner’s isn’t alone. Universal is pulling Tom Cruise’s “American Made” from 539 locations after a month in release. The Doug Liman directed thriller has made just $43 million. Good reviews haven’t helped push Cruise fans to theaters. One problem was lack of promotion since Cruise wasn’t available. Also, audiences may have just soured on him after “The Mummy” and other flops. With both studios, it wasn’t for lack of trying.

The biggest decease (de-crease, but pun intended here) is for the revived “Flatliners.” With just $16 million in the till, Sony would be better off paying people to see this turkey. They’re retreating from 1,433 theaters this weekend, leaving “Flatliners” to breathe on its own. It will be completely dead by Sunday.


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« Reply #2480 on: Oct 22nd, 2017, 8:45pm »

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on Oct 22nd, 2017, 7:53pm, ZETAR wrote:
Hollywood Ending: Big Studios Cutting Losses This Weekend, Pulling Flops From Theaters Earlier Than Usual

http://www.showbiz411.com/2017/10/21/hollywood-ending-big-studios-cutting-losses-this-weekend-pulling-flops-from-theaters-earlier-than-usual

It’s a bizarre season in Hollywood. Almost nothing is “working,” and the studios can’t afford to waste any more money hoping things will turn around. They’re pulling flops from theaters earlier than usual.

This weekend, for example, Warner Bros. is putting out a white flag on “Blade Runner” after three tough weeks. They’ve cut the number of theaters showing Denis Villeneuve’s beautiful film by 855. So far, “Blade Runner” has made just $66 million. Audiences have not clamored to it. And now, week by week, Warners will quietly take it away.


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Warner’s isn’t alone. Universal is pulling Tom Cruise’s “American Made” from 539 locations after a month in release. The Doug Liman directed thriller has made just $43 million. Good reviews haven’t helped push Cruise fans to theaters. One problem was lack of promotion since Cruise wasn’t available. Also, audiences may have just soured on him after “The Mummy” and other flops. With both studios, it wasn’t for lack of trying.

The biggest decease (de-crease, but pun intended here) is for the revived “Flatliners.” With just $16 million in the till, Sony would be better off paying people to see this turkey. They’re retreating from 1,433 theaters this weekend, leaving “Flatliners” to breathe on its own. It will be completely dead by Sunday.


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« Reply #2482 on: Oct 23rd, 2017, 07:36am »

Good Monday Morning cheesy

Science Alert

Conspiracy Theorists Really Do See The World Differently, New Study Shows

Do you see the connections?

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23 OCT 2017

To a conspiracy theorist, the world is not what it seems. Invisible threads link seemingly unrelated concepts, and there's no such thing as a random coincidence.

Researchers have been scratching their heads for years over what makes some people more conspiratorially inclined. Now a recent study has finally tracked down one of the faulty thinking patterns. As it turns out, we all use it - but these people use it too much.

A team of psychologists from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands and the University of Kent in the UK has determined that conspiracy theorists are hooked on something called 'illusory pattern perception'.

"People often hold irrational beliefs, which we broadly define here as unfounded, unscientific, and illogical assumptions about the world," the team writes in the study.

"Although many irrational beliefs exist, belief in conspiracy theories and belief in the supernatural are particularly prevalent among ordinary, nonpathological citizens."

In other words, conspiracy theorists are not "nuts". They're totally sane, which makes their beliefs all the more puzzling - until we realise that they actually see the world quite differently.

Illusory pattern perception is a pretty simple concept. It happens whenever we find a meaningful pattern in random stimuli, drawing correlations and even causation where none has actually occurred.

For example, you might have a dream about an elderly relative, and then receive news the following day that the relative has passed away. For some people that would be enough to conclude that their dreams can predict the future.

We all do this with patterns to some extent, because that's how our brains work - and it's a useful tool for drawing conclusions about an environment full of cause, effect, and potential danger.

You may think illusory pattern perception is an obvious explanation for what's going on with conspiracy theorists. And it's true that researchers have assumed this phenomenon plays a role, but turns out they haven't actually been testing it.

"[I]t is surprising how little direct empirical evidence there is available to support the role of illusory pattern perception in irrational beliefs in general, and particularly in the domain of conspiracy theories," the team writes in the study.

To tackle this problem, the team devised a series of experiments. After recruiting 264 American adults, they started by assessing the participants' belief in both common and made-up conspiracy theories, on a scale of 1 to 9.

Amongst the conspiracies were things like "Ebola is a man-made virus," "the moon landing was a hoax," and the fictitious "the extract 'testiculus taurus' found in Red Bull has unknown side effects."

The researchers also ranked the participants' supernatural beliefs before moving on to a series of experiments designed to test whether people with high belief scores in conspiracies and supernatural stuff would also be more inclined to spot patterns in complete randomness.

After testing the subject's inclination for patterns on randomly generated coin tosses (conspiracy theorists found more patterns) the team moved on to pattern spotting in modernist artworks by Victor Vasarely (whose geometric works have obvious patterns) and Jackson Pollock (whose paint splatters are much more random, and any patterns spotted are more likely to be imaginary).

Curiously, conspiratorial and supernatural beliefs were only correlated with pattern spotting in Pollock's artwork, whereas people who spotted geometric patterns showed no specific inclinations towards any irrational beliefs.

Overall, this study has generated some pretty compelling evidence that our need to make sense of the world by generating patterns really goes into overdrive in those who veer towards conspiracy theories.

"We conclude that illusory pattern perception is a central cognitive ingredient of beliefs in conspiracy theories and supernatural phenomena," the team writes.

And that's super-useful to know. As infuriating as it may be to find yourself up late having an internet fight with a conspiracy theorist, remind yourself that they actually see the world differently, and might even be feeling lonely.

The research was published in the European Journal of Social Psychology.

https://www.sciencealert.com/conspiracy-theory-beliefs-illusory-pattern-perception-cognitive-science

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Thanx Zetar..It gets lonely out there on those limbs..I must admit..
This thing with the movie closings will trickle down to the large graphics and special effects companies..layoffs..maybe even closings..Disneyland ..Industrial Light and Magic..Leviathan Farms..cough cough..well you get the picture..and that means they will be hustling on youtube..with some really credible hoaxes..if anything..or producing more white helmets for our enjoyment..or Falseflags...on the cheap....next stop..Africa... grin

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Fossilized teeth dating back 9.7 million years could 'rewrite' human history

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The fossilized remains of two teeth that were discovered last year could lead to a rewriting of human history. (Mainz Natural History Museum)

Dental remains discovered by German paleontologists who were sifting through gravel and sand in a former bed of the Rhine River could potentially lead to a “rewriting” of human history.

The fossilized remains of what are believed to be great ape teeth, an upper right first molar and an upper left canine, were found a little over a year ago near the town of Eppelsheim in southwestern Germany in sediments that date back 10 million years.

“It’s perfectly preserved. It actually looks like a new excellent tooth; however, it’s no longer white. It’s shining like amber,” Herbert Lutz, head of the excavation team and deputy museum director at the Mainz Natural History Museum, told USA Today.

Lutz said that the discovery is groundbreaking for its potential to alter our understanding of how humans developed and migrated in prehistoric times.

“I don’t want to over-dramatize it, but I would hypothesize that we shall have to start rewriting the history of mankind after today,” Mainz Mayor Michael Ebling told reporters during a press conference this week announcing the discovery, reports the Times of Israel.

According to researchers, our current understanding is that hominins, our extinct human ancestors, left Africa about 120,000 years ago. The discovered remains are significantly older.

“We have comparable finds only in East Africa…but they are only 2, 3, 4 or 5 million years old, and Eppelsheim is almost 10,” said Matz. “So the question is: What has happened? We don’t know where this great ape came from. We do not have comparable finds from southern Europe.”

Although the scientist made the discovery in September 2016, they were so confused by what they’d found they waited until this month to release a report about it.

As of now, it is not known where the teeth fit in humankind’s family tree. However, Lutz and his team of researchers are only just beginning to fully examine their unique find.

“It’s a complete mystery where this individual came from, and why nobody’s ever found a tooth like this somewhere before," Lutz said in an interview with ResearchGate, where the report was published.

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Those German Archeologists Can lie ..ask Indiana Jones! grin
They weren't there before..and suddenly..they were there..look..how did these 2 tooths git here.. shocked
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Teotihuacan—the massive archaeological site nestled in the northeastern part of the Valley of Mexico


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E.P.A. Cancels Talk on Climate Change by Agency Scientists

By Lisa Friedman
Oct. 22, 2017

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency has canceled the speaking appearance of three agency scientists who were scheduled to discuss climate change at a conference on Monday in Rhode Island, according to the agency and several people involved.

John Konkus, an E.P.A. spokesman and a former Trump campaign operative in Florida, confirmed that agency scientists would not speak at the State of the Narragansett Bay and Watershed program in Providence. He provided no further explanation.

Scientists involved in the program said that much of the discussion at the event centers on climate change. Many said they were surprised by the E.P.A.’s last-minute cancellation, particularly since the agency helps to fund the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program, which is hosting the conference. The scientists who have been barred from speaking contributed substantial material to a 400-page report to be issued on Monday.

The move highlights widespread concern that the E.P.A. will silence government scientists from speaking publicly or conducting work on climate change. Scott Pruitt, the agency administrator, has said that he does not believe human-caused greenhouse gas emissions are primarily responsible for the warming of the planet.

“It’s definitely a blatant example of the scientific censorship we all suspected was going to start being enforced at E.P.A.,” said John King, a professor of oceanography at the University of Rhode Island who chairs the science advisory committee of the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program. “They don’t believe in climate change, so I think what they’re trying to do is stifle discussions of the impacts of climate change.”


Monday’s conference is designed to draw attention to the health of Narragansett Bay, the largest estuary in New England and a key to the region’s tourism and fishing industries. Rhode Island’s entire congressional delegation, all Democrats, will attend a morning news conference. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, an outspoken critic of Mr. Pruitt, will be among the speakers.

Scientists there will unveil the report on the state of the bay, which E.P.A. scientists helped research and write. Among the findings will be that climate change is affecting air and water temperatures, precipitation, sea level and fish in and around the estuary.

Autumn Oczkowski, a research ecologist at the E.P.A.’s National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory Atlantic Ecology Division in Rhode Island, was scheduled to give the keynote address. Colleagues familiar with her speech said she intended to address climate change and other factors affecting the health of the estuary.

Rose Martin, a postdoctoral fellow at the same E.P.A. laboratory and Emily Shumchenia, an E.P.A. consultant, were scheduled to speak on an afternoon panel entitled “The Present and Future Biological Implications of Climate Change.”

“The report is about trends. It’s kind of hard not to talk about climate change when you’re talking about the future of the Narragansett Bay,” Mr. King said.

The agenda and speaker lineup was emailed to attendees on October 4. Tom Borden, the program director of the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program, said he received a call on Friday from Wayne Munns, director of the Atlantic ecology division of the E.P.A.’s Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, telling him the three scientists would not be allowed to speak.

“I was not really provided with a clear explanation,” Mr. Borden said. “He advised me that it was the decision of the E.P.A. Office of Public Affairs.”

Several Rhode Island scientists who work closely with the regional lab said political officials from E.P.A. headquarters in Washington spent two days last week in the Rhode Island office reviewing the lab’s work.

Mr. Munns confirmed that E.P.A. officials would not be participating in the meeting but did not explain why. Mr. Konkus, the agency spokesman, did not respond to questions about whether the conference’s focus on climate change was a factor in canceling the appearances.

He said in an email that E.P.A. scientists may attend the program, but not the morning news conference. He later clarified saying, “E.P.A. staff will not be formally presenting at either.”

Since August, all E.P.A. grant solicitations have gone through Mr. Konkus’s office for review, according to a directive first obtained by E & E News. Mr. Konkus served on President Trump’s campaign before he was appointed deputy associate administrator in E.P.A.’s Office of Public Affairs. At the time, agency officials said they were ensuring agency funding is in line with Mr. Pruitt’s priorities.

The Narragansett Bay Estuary Program is funded through the E.P.A.’s approximately $26 million National Estuary Program. It funds 28 state-based estuary programs and delivers about $600,000 annually to the Narragansett Bay program. Mr. Pruitt’s proposed budget for 2018 would eliminate the national program.

Under Mr. Pruitt’s leadership the E.P.A. also has removed most mentions of the words “climate change” from its website. He has declined to link carbon dioxide emissions to global warming, and in an interview with Time magazine last week said he intended to assemble a team of independent experts to challenge established climate science because, Mr. Pruitt asserted, it has not yet been subject to “a robust, meaningful debate.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/22/climate/epa-scientists.html

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